The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Financial Planning for individuals now has a strong presence in Australia and throughout the world. This course provides an insight into what holistic Financial Planning is. Essential Financial Planning concepts will be explored and practical case studies to demonstrate the benefits of personal Financial Planning. The course will also provide an understanding of the key regulations and participants within the Financial Planning industry. In particular areas such as investments, taxation, superannuation, estate planning, insurance and social security will be explored. These areas will then be drawn together to evaluate how they impact on each other and an individual's personal financial position. The course mainly focuses on the Financial Planning industry within Australia, however many of the concepts and theories are applicable in other countries also.

This course has been replaced by GSBS6517 Behavioural Finance and Client Relationships.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Trimester 2 - 2019.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts needed for individuals within financial planning.

2. Assess their own financial situation and make general financial decisions.

3. Critically review a financial planning scenario and suggest strategies.

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the code of ethics relevant to a financial planner.

5. Display understanding of the role of a financial planner.


The content in this course includes the following topics:

  1. Legal, regulatory and ethical principles relevant to financial planning advisers
  2. The process of personal financial planning
  3. Investment products and associated risk
  4. Investment concepts and strategies
  5. Risk management and insurance
  6. Taxation planning and the social security system
  7. Retirement and estate planning
  8. Development of a personal financial plan

Assumed knowledge

GSBS6130 Corporate Finance

Assessment items

Quiz: Mid-Trimester Quiz.

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Group Case Study

Formal Examination: Final Examination.